You don’t need to install a Gmail app to set up your Gmail account on your iPad. The Gmail account option is built into the Add Accounts feature in iOS 7. Simply configure a Gmail account just like you would set up any other email account in the iPad Mail app. Setting up Gmail on the iPad takes just a few minutes, after which you can send and receive messages over the air with Gmail from your tablet.

Account Setup

Step 1

Tap the “Settings” icon in the iPhone home screen, and then tap the “Mail, Contacts, Calendar” option in the Settings menu.

Step 2

Tap the “Add Account...” tab, then the “Google” option.

Step 3

Type the name of the account in the Name field, and then enter the Gmail address in the Address box.

Step 4

Type your password in the Password box, and then enter a new description in the Description field, if desired.

Step 5

Tap the “Save” button to close the dialog box and save the account settings. The Gmail account displays in your Accounts list when you open the iOS Mail app. The Sync Settings screen displays.

Step 6

Slide the “Mail” toggle to the right to turn the switch “On” in the Sync Settings screen. Slide the toggles for additional options to “On,” as desired. Additional options include “Contacts,” “Calendars,” “Reminders” and “Notes.”

Step 7

Tap the amount of email to sync. Choose any option between “1 day” and “No Limit."

Step 8

Tap “Done,” and then tap the “Home” key to return to the home screen.

Check Gmail

Step 1

Tap the “Mail” icon in the iPad home screen.

Step 2

Tap the Gmail account in the Accounts section in the left menu. Your Gmail message list displays on the left side of the screen.

Step 3

Tap a message header in the left panel to display the message contents in the right panel.